Writing Fundamentals from Fifth Grade

The fundamentals don’t change. This is a notebook I used in fifth grade to write an essay (monograph?) about photography. Right there on page one, they set us up for success. It’s all here, the outlines, the notes, the rough draft. I look forward to digging in to this, what might be the first time […]

Advice To The Ten Years Ago Me

I was talking to Leah about a project I worked on ten years ago, and the question came up of what advice would I give that version of myself — from 2009 Dave to 1999 Dave. Here are the three thoughts that popped in to my head: Don’t worry, AOL is not going to remain/become […]

Think Before You Fool

Trying out Anil Dash’s blog text embedding feature in honor of his timely reminder that “Your April Fool’s Day Joke Continues To Suck”: Aside: Anil rigged up his blog recently so that you can easily embed his text-based blog entries on your site or blog, just like you embed videos or include photos. He places […]

Unsolicited Advice For Industry Leaders

Don’t let the train of knowledge pull away without getting on board. From my copy of Bulletin Boards For All Occasions, by Margaret B. Randall, 1966 I publish this in reference to a knot of recent conversation reflecting on the habits of the Leaderboard types in the technology writing community. I say “writing” not “blogging” […]

Suggestions For Mashable’s Top Ten Blog Conference List

Alexdc’s twitter stream pointed me to a list Mashable.com put together of their top 10 blogger-related conferences. I think they missed the mark on one glaring omission (SXSW Interactive, the highlight of my conference year), and gave too much weight to conferences that haven’t proven themselves yet, most notably PostieCon and to a lesser extent […]

Ask Your Vox BFFs: Neat or Lame?

user-generated living room The tall cylindrical LED lamp. I'm agonizing over it. Keep it or return it? Half the time I think it's perfect for the space, the other half I worry it's Spencer Gifts for grown ups. It can stay one color (controllable via a remote), or go through color progressions. I think when […]

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